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USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A studio model at auction

The eight-foot refit model

The studio models that represented the Constitution-class USS Enterprise were slated to be modernized and redesigned after the production of Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Animated Series. Starting out with traditional physical studio models, digital versions were also used to represent ships of this class in the Star Trek franchise.

Ralph McQuarrie, best known to the public for his stunning production designs for the Star Wars films, was hired by Ken Adam to help develop the designs for the new Star Trek: Planet of the Titans movie, ultimately abandoned to make way for Star Trek: Phase II, the new television series. Although the design used the same elements as the original design, saucer shaped primary hull, warp engine assemblies and a engineering secondary hull, the secondary hull was flattened and wedge shaped, providing a radically different look, one not unlike the Star Destroyers McQuarrie designed for those films.

Their Enterprise design, however, was abandoned, and Roddenberry asked Matt Jefferies to update the famous starship to reflect the refit that would be part of the Phase II-series' back story. During June 1977, Jefferies' re-designed the engine nacelles from tubes to thin, flat-sided modules, and tapered their supports. He also added the distinctive photon torpedo launch ports on the saucer connector.
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1904
Arthur Tovey is born.
1921
Brian Keith is born.
1923
Alberto Giolitti is born.
1932
Jim Burk is born.
1936
Ted Sorel is born.
1940
Bill Bolender is born.
1949
Linda DeScenna is born.
1951
Beth Meacham is born.
1956
Annette Helde is born.
1966
Fifth day of filming on TOS: "Arena".
First draft script for TOS: "Assignment: Earth" is submitted as a pilot script for a new series.
1967
Third day of filming on TOS: "By Any Other Name".
1968
Third day of filming on TOS: "The Cloud Minders".
1970
The Seventeenth UK Story Arc continues in TV21 & Joe 90 #60 with the third of seven installments.
1976
Chris Demetral is born.
1978
Seventy-first day of filming on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
1988
Second day of filming on TNG: "Loud As A Whisper".
Twenty-fifth day of filming on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
1989
Final draft script for TNG: "Deja Q" is submitted.
1990
Sol Kaplan dies.
Final draft script for TNG: "Clues" is submitted.
1991
Sixth day of filming on TNG: "The Masterpiece Society".
Final draft script for TNG: "Conundrum" is submitted.
1992
TNG: "The Quality of Life" airs.
1993
DS9: "Necessary Evil" airs.
1994
Jake Dengel dies.
Tom Villard dies.
DS9: "Meridian" airs.
1995
Final draft script for DS9: "Crossfire" is submitted.
Final draft script for DS9: "Paradise Lost" is revised.
1996
Fourth day of filming on VOY: "Unity".
1997
Fifth day of filming on DS9: "One Little Ship".
Fifth day of filming on VOY: "Retrospect".
Final draft script for DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars" is submitted.
2000
Sixth day of filming on VOY: "Prophecy".
2001
ENT: "Civilization" airs.
Second day of filming on ENT: "Sleeping Dogs".
2002
Third day of filming on ENT: "Stigma".
2003
Fifth day of filming on ENT: "Stratagem".
2006
Pocket Books fiction companion Voyages of Imagination published.
2008
The theatrical trailer for Star Trek debuts in US theaters.
2017
Jack Blessing dies.
Unknown
Daniel Stevens is born.

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